Time and date: 12 January 2015 at 22:00 – 23:00
Place: Durbanville, Cape Town
Submitted by: Rob
Last night (Jan the 12th) sometime between 22:00 and 23:00 I stepped outside on a call to my gf and as usual gawked at the stars as we spoke.
If I look South East from that vantage I look directly at Tygerberg hill. I spotted a bright star and at a centimetre of view, a dimmer one behind it – it was a crystal clear night sky.
Then I thought I was imagining movement, as one does and tried to gauge whether the front, brighter one was moving away from the dimmer one in a North Westerly (directly toward me but extremely high up) direction.
I believed it was, so set my gaze on a different stationary star and the movement became very clear. Both of them were moving and as that thought dawned on me the front object lost a LOT of glow.
Now both equally bright they changed direction. By this time my flatmate was next to me and my phone call over as we watched the objects change direction.
There were no zig-zag movements, but quite clearly one could make out how the front would change direction yet the back one would only shift its heading slightly, as if an attempt to gain distance.
I do not know what we saw – the brightness all of a sudden dimming to a satellite’s glow only tells me that whatever it was, it was extremely high up. We know for a fact that the directional change was not our imagination.
Keep your eyes up guys 🙂